IT was party time for two Northumberland students after they achieved outstanding sets of GCSE results.
Sarah Marshall and Sophie Rowley, who attend Newcastle Church High School, received 17 A* and A grades between them.
Sophie, from Ponteland, was relieved after picking up her four A*s, five As and one B. She said: “It’s been such a long wait to get my results and I’ve tried to maintain a positive attitude over the summer. I worked so hard and I’m really pleased with my grades.
“I have been at Church High since Year 7 and I love it here. I’ll be staying on to study my A-Levels but I haven’t decided what to take yet. I want to keep my options open since I’m not quite sure what I want to do when I’m older.
“I’ve done six weeks of work experience so far. I’ve worked in four different vet offices, done lambing and worked in a zoo but there are ups and downs to it – I’m just going to see what happens and celebrate with lunch and a party with my friends.”
Morpeth-based Sarah added: “It has been a long wait to get the results and the closer it came to today, the more nervous I became, but I am over the moon with what I have achieved (five A*s, three As and two Bs).
“I will be going on to Sixth Form at Church High to study maths, chemistry, psychology and Spanish – I thought it would be a good idea to take a range of subjects to give me more choices for the future.
“The teachers here at Church High have been so helpful in preparing me for my exams and always help if I get stuck. All the revision has been tough but it’s all worth it now that I’ve got my results.”
The overall results were excellent for the Jesmond school as a quarter of the entire year group achieved nine or more A* and A grades.